MnDOT adds new cameras on 511 system
Published 6:48 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019
There are new ways to view road conditions, weather events and traffic impacts in southeast Minnesota.
More than a dozen new highway cameras have been added to Minnesota’s 511 traveler information system in the region, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews added traffic management cameras along Interstate 35 between Owatonna and Ellendale in Steele County and on Interstate 90 near the Dresbach Bridge west of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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Additional cameras will be installed along Highway 52 between Oronoco and Zumbrota this summer.
“The Minnesota 511 traveler information system is a great tool for motorists to use before they travel to see current road conditions, updates on weather or traffic impacts, MnDOT work zones and more,” said Kelly Braunig, statewide traveler information supervisor. “These new camera views will offer more options to help motorists make the best decision for their travel.”
The 511 system is available online at 511mn.org or through the free mobile phone app at mn511. The system gives up-to-date information on weather-related road conditions, maintenance and construction projects, traffic impacts and camera views from highway cameras and snowplows. MnDOT has approximately 1,100 cameras on the 511 system statewide and 88 available in southeast Minnesota. Some are Roadway Weather Information System stations, which provide additional camera angles of the roadway and current weather data.
Minnesota was one of the first states in the country to introduce a 511 traveler information system in 2002. High bandwidth was added in 2009 and the free mobile app was launched in 2013.
Updates and activities in southeastern Minnesota can also be found on the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mndotsoutheast.